Joker early reviews: Here's what critics are saying about the criminal mastermind

Published: Sep 03, 2019, 10:53 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Joaquin Phoenix's Joker was showcased at the 2019 Venice Film Festival. The film received an eight-minute standing ovation at the festival.

Joaquin Phoenix as Joker. Pic/YouTube
Joaquin Phoenix as Joker. Pic/YouTube

The Joker has had several renditions over the years. Previously, the iconic character has been played by brilliant actors like Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, and Heath Ledger, whose Joker performance was considered to be his finest. The most recent portrayal has been done by the amazing Joaquin Phoenix, in the standalone Joker film. 

The film follows the life of Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian, who turns to crime after being disregarded by society. Joker is supposed to be the character's origin story, and as far as early reviews are concerned, critics are loving it.

Here's what Ariston, of The Hollywood Reporter, wrote on Twitter:

Terri Schwartz of IGN wrote, "I've seen #Joker and I fully endorse @JimVejvoda's decision to give it our first film review 10/10 of the year. I haven't stopped thinking about it."

Rob Keyes of Screen Rant tweeted, "I saw the @JokerMovie and REALLY dug it. It's a feature that steals your attention and requires time to process. It's an acting showcase for Joaquin Phoenix and a story that's ambiguous and surprising, but one that really grounds Arthur Fleck's transformation."

Alex Billington of Firstshowing.net tweeted this:

Joker received an eight-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday night. Phoenix and director Todd Phillips attended the festival and were present when the movie got a standing ovation for the origin story, reported Variety.

Also read: Joker final trailer: Joaquin Phoenix' madness will send shivers down your spine

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